I am nothing if not a gadget lover. Ingenious items that make my life easier are great, but when I find something that’s cool and has the potential to save money? Well, that’s cause for some kind of tiny celebration. Here are my current fun finds.
Sugru. I don’t know where this stuff has been hiding (maybe I’m the one who’s been missing?), but my recent discovery has me giddy with joy. It’s called Sugru, or perhaps a better name would be Miracle in a Package. Think: silly putty without the silly part. Sugru is self-setting rubber for fixing, modifying and making stuff. You apply it, shape it and watch it transform into a durable, waterproof rubber with amazing properties. It comes in a bevy of colors, which makes it a crafter’s dream come true. I have so many DIY projects crying out for Sugru, I just don’t know where to start.
WakeUp Light. Call it a lamp or call it an alarm clock, either way you’ll be right on. This gadget wakes you up by simulating sunrise — not with a blasting, loud, annoying noise. You set the time that you want to wake up, and then it gradually increases light for 30 minutes, allowing you to wake up naturally. And when you turn it off, the lamp stays on so you can get out of bed without having to turn on another light. This thing is quite amazing, and I love it. WakeUp Light has 20 different settings so you can choose the intensity.
Velcro Zip Ties. It would take a long time for me to count how many of these babies hold my life together. They manage my cord clutter, which is extensive; just trust me on that. They bundle and organize small stuff in my kitchen junk drawer so I can quickly find what I need. These ties are simple one-piece design wraps and just the right size for almost everything.
Aqua Notes. I get my best ideas and solutions in the place I’m least likely to be able to remember them: the shower. Seriously! Maybe it’s because for a few minutes my brain can relax. Whatever it is, those great ideas and solutions used to go right down the drain, lost forever. But not any more! Now I have Aqua Notes — a waterproof note pad and pen right there in the shower. Hooray for such a clever gadget.
Lock Laces. Oh my, this is so perfect for shoes with laces and people who are tired of lacing up and tying those shoes. You have to see this because it’s more of a “system” than what you might be thinking. You can toss the laces that come with the sneakers and use Lock Laces instead. They come in a wide range of colors and turn any lace-up shoes into quasi slip-ons. They can be pulled tight or left loose. Simply fabulous!
Big Ice Cubes. It’s a long story, but here’s the bottom line. My refrigerator’s icemaker is currently hooked up to our tap water. While I’m sure it’s safe, our tap water tastes awful. That’s OK now that I have these awesome ice trays that make big, beautiful ice cubes. I just fill them with filtered water. They stack perfectly and take very little space in the freezer. I love the big cubes because they melt slowly.
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